Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Graphic Brighton 2016 – 9th and 10th Dec

November 30, 2016

Graphic Brighton poster and books being discussed at the event by Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans

Graphic Brighton poster and books being discussed at the event by Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans

This year’s Graphic Brighton festival and conference is taking place at the University of Brighton City Campus on 9th and 10th December, with the theme of war comics and graphic novels about wartime resistance. Guests talking about their work include Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans, Ben Dickson, plus the editors and the creators of “Brighton’s Graphic War” and many more.

On Friday 9th December there is an academic conference in the University’s building on Edward Street, with talks by Irish cartoonist Fionnula Doran, broadcast journalist Alex Fitch, and Justin Wadlow, curator of the French comics festival Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d’Amiens.

Friday evening and all day Saturday are public events; and on the Saturday in the University Main Building on Grand Parade, these include a Manga workshop run by Inko and Chie Kutsawada, a discussion of New Internationalist’s comic book anthologies, Bryan Talbot, Jaime Huxtable and Chris Geary exploring how they make their comics, and an ‘on stage’ interview with Dave McKean about his latest book Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash.

Tickets are priced between £5 and £20 for a ticket to all of the public events, and from £30 to £60 to include the additional academic strand; available from the University of Brighton online shop. (more…)

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Book List: McKean and Sinclair

February 14, 2016

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Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy (Photo by Alex Fitch)

Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy (Photo by Alex Fitch)

McKean and Sinclair: Guest presenter Chiara Ambrosio talks to psycho-geographer and novelist Iain Sinclair and artist Dave McKean about their collaborations such as Slow Chocolate Autopsy and London Orbital, their inspirations and their working methods. The podcast also includes additional questions from Alex Fitch and others, plus readings by Sinclair and McKean of their short stories The Articulate Head and The Coast Road. Recorded at The Light and Shadow Salon, Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury in July 2014. (Partially broadcast as an episode of Panel Borders, 21/07/14 on Resonance FM) (more…)

Today’s show: Slow Chocolate Autopsy

July 21, 2014 1 Comment

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Dave McKean, Chiara Ambrosio and Iain Sinclair at the Horse Hospital / cover and interior art from Slow Chocolate Autopsy

Continuing a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, guest presenter Chiara Ambrosio talks to novelist Iain Sinclair and artist Dave McKean about their collaborations such as Slow Chocolate Autopsy and London Orbital, with additional questions from Alex Fitch and a reading by Sinclair. Recorded at The Light and Shadow Salon, Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury in July 2014.

4.30pm, Monday 21st July, repeated 11am, Thursday 24th July 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Dave McKean’s website
Iain Sinclair’s website
The Horse Hospital website (more…)

Panel Borders: Comics Unmasked

May 9, 2014 1 Comment

Comics Unmasked at the British Library / Oh Boy! by Bob Monkhouse / comics by Dave McKean

Comics Unmasked at the British Library / Oh Boy! by Bob Monkhouse / comics by Dave McKean

Comics Unmasked: Starting a month of shows about comics and controversy, Alex Fitch talks to three of the creators of a new exhibition at the British Library – Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK – which looks at the cultural and social connections between the last hundred years and more of British comic books and strips. Alex discusses the various titles on display in the library show with curators Paul Gravett and John Dunning, which range from an erotic comic drawn by Bob Monkhouse to original annotated scripts by Alan Moore and Mark Millar. Also, in an extract from a Q and A recorded at Gosh! Comics, exhibition designer Dave McKean talks about the look of Comics Unmasked, as well as other comics he created designed specifically for gallery display, which are collected in the forthcoming book Pictures that tick 2: Short Narrative Exhibition. Plus, a recording of the guided tour of Comics Unmasked by Gravett and Dunning, with additional contributions by Adrian Edwards and Tim Pilcher. (Originally broadcast 5th May 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM, London) (more…)

Today’s show: Comics Unmasked

May 5, 2014

Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Comics Unmasked

Comics Unmasked at the British Library / Oh Boy! by Bob Monkhouse / comics by Dave McKean

Comics Unmasked at the British Library / Oh Boy! by Bob Monkhouse / comics by Dave McKean

Starting a month of shows about comics and controversy, Alex Fitch talks to three of the creators of a new exhibition at the British Library – Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK – which looks at the cultural and social connections between the last hundred years and more of British comic books and strips. Alex discusses the various titles on display in the library show with curators Paul Gravett and John Dunning, which range from an erotic comic drawn by Bob Monkhouse to original annotated scripts by Alan Moore and Mark Millar. Also, in an extract from a Q and A recorded at Gosh! Comics, exhibition designer Dave McKean talks about the look of Comics Unmasked, as well as other comics he created designed specifically for gallery display, which are collected in the forthcoming book Pictures that tick 2: Short Narrative Exhibition.

4.30pm, Monday 5th May, repeated 11am, Thursday 8th May 2014, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / (more…)

Electric Sheep Podcast: Comics and film

April 30, 2012 3 Comments

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Poster for The Gospel of Us, directed by Dave McKean / Panel from Demons 3 by Stefan Hutchinson and Jeff Zornow

Poster for The Gospel of Us, directed by Dave McKean / Panel from Demons 3 by Stefan Hutchinson and Jeff Zornow

Comics and film: In a pair of interviews looking at the crossover between comics and film, Alex Fitch talks to Stefan Hutchinson about his comic book ‘Demons 3’ – a sequel to Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava’s classic 1980s horror films – and to comic book artist Dave McKean about his film of the Port Talbot Passion play, The Gospel of Us. Alex And Stefan discuss the writer’s Haloween comics ‘Nightdance’ and ‘First Death of Laurie Strode’ plus his documentary, Halloween: 25 Years Of Terror. Alex and Dave also talk about the artist’s collaborations with Richard Dawkins and Michael Sheen, plus his earlier film MirrorMask. Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download.
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Book List: Childrens book illustrators

January 31, 2012 3 Comments

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Mr Benn by David McKee, The Magic of Reality by Dave McKean and Richard Dawkins, A Monster Calls by Jim Kay and Patrick Ness

Mr Benn by David McKee, The Magic of Reality by Dave McKean and Richard Dawkins, and A Monster Calls by Jim Kay and Patrick Ness

Children’s book illustrators: In an hour long show about children’s book illustration, Alex Fitch talks to three generations of illustrators: David McKee, creator of Mr Benn, King Rollo and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant; Dave McKean, artist of graphic novels and picture books by Neil Gaiman, young adult books by David Almond, and Richard Dawkins’ first science book for children The Magic of Reality; and Jim Kay, illustrator of Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls and Toby Forward’s Flaxfield Quartet of novels about dragons.
Also includes an extract from Dave McKean’s presentation of his work from The Magic of Reality at the book launch in Foyles, September 2011.
(Originally broadcast 31//01/12 on Resonance FM)
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